Day After Christmas
It’s the Day After Christmas and I realize more than ever that people are so quick to equate love and happiness to things and gratification. Yes, it is an exciting holiday, but have we already forgot?
One man said it right on his Facebook post. He said, “You can’t have ‘He is risen’ without ‘A child is born.'”
While others are so very excited to share their windfall of gifts. Pictures of children with toys. Adults with their toys. Yet others are more excited to share pictures of rich foods. Everyone is excited about what they ‘got’ for Christmas.
One post was of a sign that read, “Until further notice, celebrate everything.” It deserves a slight smile, but there are many things that are not worthy of celebration. For a few months, many retailers are relieved they don’t have to worry about offending someone by saying, “Merry Christmas”, or offending others by saying, “Happy Holidays.” Whatever the cause for celebration, I hope we haven’t already forgot.
While I lay waiting to go to sleep last night, I thought… when did the world change so drastically?
I know some argue it has been over time. When I look at things today compared to the 1960s, the 1960s were a time of innocence compared to now. Yet, last night I watched a TV show made in 1999 and it was so innocent compared to 2014.
Right after 9/11/2001 there was a short period of time when it seemed much of the world was turning to God and prayer. Then, almost over night, it seemed like that all stopped. Much like how people quickly forget God after Christmas day, it seemed that a nation slipped in to darkness after a short period of gratitude and prayer that followed the tragedies of that day.
I think the only way peace can come back to the world can be compared with what happens at Christmas time. For a short time, people think of Christ, they try to be nice to each other, and then the day after, it is back to old habits. We always hear at Christmas time things like, “Try to make every day like Christmas day.”
I’m all for that. Let’s try to make every day like Christmas Day. No, I’m not talking about presents and commercialism, I’m taking about being kind and caring and remembering what is important.
Someone once said to make a marriage successful you need to put your spouse first. I disagree, and I would go so far as to say, to make your marriage successful, to make your friendships successful, to make the world a better place, put God first.
Let’s roll back the clocks a few hours to a time in the last few days when you each of us thought about that special event over 2000 years ago when a small child was born. His teachings changed the world. His gift to mankind changed the world too. Let’s try to remember all of the time, every day, throughout the entire year and years to come.